Keeping up with twists and turns

PUBLISHED: 11:47 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

The Charles and Imogen Vance Company are currently providing audiences at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, with their annual dose of Durbridge with another masterpiece of murder House Guest, which continues until Wednesday September 2.

The Charles and Imogen Vance Company are currently providing audiences at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, with their annual dose of Durbridge with another masterpiece of murder House Guest, which continues until Wednesday September 2.

Former Sidmouth Herald, the Journal's sister title, theatre critic Mary Sinclair said of a previous Francis Durbridge production "there are more twists and turns than a corkscrew" and this is true of House Guest, first seen at the Savoy Theatre in 1982, with Gerald Harper and Susan Hampshire in leading roles.

In this Vance production, James Pellow and Kirsty Cox make capable leads as Robert and Stella Dury, whose young son has been kidnapped.

This will be the ever-popular Vernon Thompson's 47th time in the director's chair and his last summer Play Festival production for this season.

The scintillating Ami Solomons makes her season's swan song as tough, modern young woman Vivien Norwood.

Alan Wadlan and Adam Trembath represent the strong arm of the law (or do they?); Iona Thonger plays smart, efficient secretary Jane Mercer, Robert Delaney, Crozier, and Natalie Rowan, Dorothy Meadway.

For tickets contact Ellie Brooks at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth - telephone: (01395) 579977.

Roger Simmonds

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